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Morrison and West head to the May runoff
JEFFERSON COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel
A number of candidates have one more stop before the general election in November, a runoff in May.
Raquel West and Stella Morrison are preparing for a runoff in the race for judge of the 252nd Criminal Court.
When the votes were finally counted early this morning, West had about 39 percent, Morrison about 31 percent.
Nathan Reynolds finished with about 30 percent.
The winner of the the runoff election in May will be just one step closer to making the Jefferson County Courthouse their permanent work home and making history as the first female elected 252 criminal district court judge.
Both Raquel West and Stella Morrison tell me they're ready to win the next election.
The day after the primary election, campaign workers are picking up West's signs.
While she gets ready for the May runoff.
"I do plan on campaigning and campaigning hard to show my qualifications, why I want to do this and why I think I'm the best person for the job," West says.
"My resume was already completed, so I didn't have to campaign that way," Morrison says.
Runoff opponent Morrison spent her days in the courtroom instead of putting up campaign signs.
"I already had a household name based on the works that I've done, the contributions that I've made," Morrison said.
Morrison says her forty years of practicing law tell voters everything they need to know about her.
"If I had done anything at all, and I didn't, I could've won and I knew I could've won outright," Morrison says.
West finished first in the primary and she's crunching the numbers to figure out how to come out on top in the runoff.
"This race it means a lot to me, this bench it means a lot to me, being able to help the people rally is important to me so while it's disappointing to have another race in some ways it's not, I'm ready to go and get out there and do what I need to do," West says.
Two candidates preparing for a runoff in very different ways, but with the same goal.
"You want someone in that position that can be fair and compassionate and work hard and I think I can do those things," West says.
"I've been a lawyer a long time and I'm hopeful to win and when I win it's not gong to be like it was, I can promise you that," Morrison says.
Both Morrison and west say they're excited about the runoff.
The women told me they respect one another and each others qualifications.
The first day of early voting begins Monday, May 19.
Election day is Tuesday, May 27.
The winner of that race faces republican Carolyn Weidenfeld in November.